L'Envol de Cartier

The folks at Cartier were kind enough to send me their beautiful (and also new) masculine fragrance called L'Envol De Cartier. Inspired by the mythical ambrosia of the Gods of Olympus (hence its color) and Alberto Santos-Dumont (one of the Maison's greatest legends), this fragrance immediately makes the wearer aspire to success and greatness. It's breathtaking to see the level of detail and craftsmanship put into the bottle.

With its airy-woody nectar with Gaiac wood and honey notes, the fragrance certainly reveals a spirit of energy and passion. Since the bottle is so photogenic, I was very interested in playing with its transparency, reflections and just a little bit of harsh light to make it look more dramatic. L'Envol De Cartier is -without a doubt- an essential fragrance to keep.

A study on roses

A few days ago, I was working on some pictures with a friend on a very special (and sort of secret) location ;) - As we were walking there, we suddenly found the most beautiful roses. As you probably know, I have a very soft spot for flowers; especially roses, peonies, poppies, etc.

Somehow, it was very optimistic when I think about it; we were surrounded by these humongous apartments done in a very rationalist and almost brutalist style (which I obviously love) and right there, out of nowhere, were the roses - like a quiet statement in the middle of chaos, reminding us how we can be very tough on the outside, yet at the same time very sensible beings on the inside. 

Naturally, I couldn't hold myself and capture a few snaps of them - 

Håndværk : The Pique T-Shirt

For a few months, I thought I forgot how to really love a t-shirt. I don't know why, but the whole idea of the t-shirt outfit became simply impossible for me to do. Maybe because I just got used to the idea of having certain 'formalities' at work. That means shirts became my second skin. Maybe that was the reason why. But once I discovered Håndværk, I switched up my mind and went back to the simple luxury of timeless classics and basics.

This Pique T-Shirt by Håndværk has become my favorite (no joke here) - The pique fabric is crafted from Peruvian Pima cotton, which is one the best in the market. The cut is simply beautiful, easy, comfortable and effortless and it has what I like to call a 'certain slouchiness' which makes it look even more relaxed but elegant at the same time. Another reason why I love this is because it has a reminiscence of freedom, so it's perfect for off-duty occasions and luxurious weekend outings.

Håndværk T-shirt / Shoes

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In collaboration with Håndværk. Special thanks to Sarah Jorge

Essentials

Trying to find the perfect everyday essentials is not really an easy task. Lately I've been gravitating towards simplicity, functionality (things I can carry around, since I'm always rushing from one place to another to take pictures) and good design when buying goodies. Well, I fell in love with each of these products once I found them, here's why.

Nikon EM: I actually got this cute little guy last year but never wrote about it here. It's an automatic film camera from 1979. I thought it would be nice to carry it around, stop and shoot with it -just for the love of film and nostalgia- . There's something about film that makes you appreciate memories a lot more. The films I normally use are Kodak 200, Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji X-Tra 400.

Hanging Rock Creek by Prospector Co.: I've always loved everything from my friends at Prospector Co., their products are simply the best (I've been using for about a year now, or maybe more). This is my favorite everyday fragrance, Hanging Rock Creek; the smell is kind of woody, rustic and beachy at the same time. Simply perfect!

Baxter of California Scrub: There's something about tubes when it comes to skincare products, maybe that's why we're all a little bit obsessed with Aēsop?... My friend Tulio recommended this Exfoliating Scrub to me a few months ago, he said exactly this: 'You should try it. You'll have the skin of a baby!' and he was totally right*. 

Muji pens: Pure perfection. I'm a 100% loyal user of their Gel Pen and 0.3 Mechanical Pencil. I use both of them everyday because they're simple and pure in form and function. Just great.

Moleskine notebooks: My favorites. I've been using them since high school, they're perfect for writing lists, personal thoughts and for sketching as well. I'm totally a fan of this little yellow one, I even started a hashtag on Instagram, #TheYellowNotebookSeries - Check it out!

Steven Alan sunnies: These are the Mayhew in Classic Tortoise. And they're just necessary because I live in the most hot/sunny island in the world (or at least that's how it feels). My other favorite pair -not pictured- are the Amherst in Caramel Horn by Classic Specs.


*He also recommended the Clay Pomade, which is absolutely great.